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Asiago Mashed Cauliflower

Asiago Mashed Cauliflower

Why make plain ole mashed cauliflower when you can make Asiago Mashed Cauliflower? This low carb mashed potato alternative is the best mashed cauliflower recipe to try. The secret lies in its ingredients. Tangy cream cheese adds richness and texture while asiago cheese lends comfort […]

Brandy Glazed Carrots

Brandy Glazed Carrots

Elevate any dinner by adding Brandy Glazed Carrots to the menu. You’ll be amazed at the way brandy can transform the same old carrot dish into something quite special. Fresh baby carrots are cooked until tender, simmered in a mixture of honey and butter with […]

Grilled Stuffed Zucchini

Grilled Stuffed Zucchini

Grilled Stuffed Zucchini makes an excellent side dish. Pair this healthy vegetable with thick and juicy pork chops, tender grilled chicken or just about anything else you can toss over an open flame. It’s hearty enough to forgo the meats all together and can even be served as a meatless main course. Low carb lovers will love this delicious side as a surprising change of pace from the ordinary. These zucchini boats are jam packed with chopped red onion, fresh basil, garlic, and mozzarella and of course everything is better when you toss it on the grill. I’m riding this grilling season out til the very end of summer!

Here’s all you’ll need: zucchini, olive oil, red onion, garlic, bread crumbs, shredded mozzarella, basil, salt and Parmesan cheese.

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Just a little bit of prep work and we’ll be ready to go! Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise, then scoop out the pup with a spoon. Chop up the pulp but don’t toss it. We’ll be using it to stuff our zucchini. Brush the insides of the zucchini with a 2 teaspoons of olive oil and set them aside.

Zucchini boats cut in half lengthwise and then brushed with olive oil. #zucchini #zucchinirecipes #grilledzucchini #stuffedzucchini #lowcarbdinner #healthydinnerrecipes

Chop up the red onion into small pieces. Add 3 teaspoons of olive oil, the red onion and zucchini pulp to a skillet. Saute over medium heat until the onion is tender (about 5-7 minutes). Add the minced garlic and cook for one minute longer. Then mix in the bread crumbs and cook until golden brown (about another 2-3 minutes).

Remove the zucchini mixture from the heat. Stir in the mozzarella cheese, some minced basil, and salt for flavor. Looking to shake things up a bit? Try swapping cheddar, or your favorite cheese in place of the mozzarella. Or add your favorite herbs, like mint, or oregano in lieu of basil. Recipes should be suited to your tastes so feel free to play around with the flavors!

Mozzarella cheese, basil, and salt are added to the zucchini stuffing mixture. #zucchini #grilledzucchini #stuffedzucchini #stuffedgrilledzucchini #grilledstuffedzucchini #howtomakestuffedzucchini

Spoon the stuffing mixture into the zucchini shells. Give a little sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and we’re ready to grill!

Zucchini boats stuffed with zucchini mixture and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. #zucchini #howtocookzuchini #howtogrillzucchini #zucchinionthegrill #stuffedzucchini

Fire up the grill to medium heat. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 8-10 minute or until the zucchini are tender. Carefully remove to a serving platter. Annnnd……we’re done! Time to eat!!

You can’t have Grilled Stuffed Zucchini without the grill, or can you?!? Too cold to grill. Place the zucchini in a 13X9 baking dish. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Zucchini boats placed on a grill rack over medium heat. #zucchini #grilledzucchini #grilledvegetables #grilledsidedish #summersidedish #summercookout #grillideas #grillrecipes

And there you have it! Grilled Stuffed Zucchini is the side dish (or maybe even your whole dinner) that you can feel good about. And even better…..it tastes great too!! Make it a meal? Pairs well with our Best Grilled Pork Chops Marinade or Spatchcocked Chicken!

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Grilled Stuffed Zucchini

September 16, 2020
: 8 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 5 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Directions
  • Step 1 Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise, then scoop out the pup with a spoon. Chop up the pulp and set aside. Brush the insides of the zucchini with a 2 teaspoons of olive oil and set aside.
  • Step 2 Chop up the red onion into small pieces. Add 3 teaspoons of olive oil, the red onion and zucchini pulp to a skillet. Saute over medium heat until the onion is tender (about 5-7 minutes). Add the minced garlic and cook for one minute longer. Mix in the bread crumbs and cook until golden brown (about another 2-3 minutes).
  • Step 3 Remove the zucchini mixture from the heat. Stir in the mozzarella cheese, minced basil, and salt. Spoon the stuffing mixture into the zucchini shells. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • Step 4 Grill, covered, over medium heat for 8-10 minute or until the zucchini are tender. Carefully remove to a serving platter. Enjoy!!

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One-Pot Lemon Chicken with Orzo

One-Pot Lemon Chicken with Orzo

What’s for dinner tonight? Let’s take it nice and easy and whip up a batch of One-Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo! You’re gonna love this recipe for SO many reasons. First off it’s fast and easy to make which means it’s perfect for a busy weeknight […]

Meatball Sub Casserole

Meatball Sub Casserole

Looking for the ultimate party food to feed a hungry crowd? Or maybe you just need a new and exciting weeknight family dinner recipe? Well Meatball Sub Casserole is kinda both! This easy oven meal is savory and SO delicious. If you’re a meatball sub […]

Pressure Cooker Balsamic Chicken Thighs

Pressure Cooker Balsamic Chicken Thighs

I’m loving my pressure cooker right now in case you haven’t noticed. It’s perfect for weeknight meals because it gets dinner on the table SO fast and with very little fuss. Pressure Cooker Balsamic Chicken Thighs are proof positive! The pressure quickly tenderizes the meat giving you a melt in your mouth, flavor packed entree that cooks up in 10 minutes. Yep you read that right! Balsamic Chicken Thighs are inexpensive, easy to prepare, and cook up tender and delicious every time. It seriously doesn’t get any better than this!

Here’s all you’ll need: chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, apples juice, lemon juice, salt, garlic powder, dried thyme, paprika, pepper, bone-in chicken thighs, butter, flour, and fresh parsley (optional).

Pressure Cooker Balsamic Chicken Thighs ingredients list

You’re seriously not going to believe how easy this is! Are you ready? In a small bowl combine the apple juice, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, salt, garlic powder, dried thyme, paprika and pepper. Mix well. And you know what else?!? I bet you probably had most of those ingredients already on hand.

Apple juice, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, salt, garlic powder, dried thyme, paprika and pepper mixed together in a bowl.

Next remove the skin from the chicken thighs and place them in a 6-qt electric pressure cooker. Pour our liquid marinade over the chicken thighs to cover. The liquid is what makes pressure cookers work! Every recipe needs some sort of liquid so that the machine can pressurize.

Four chicken thighs inside an electric pressure cooker pot covered with marinade.

Secure the pressure cooker lid and lock it tight. I love the Cosori  6-Quart Premium Pressure Cooker for all of its foolproof safety features like the self explanatory lid lock. You can find our full review here!  Make sure the pressure vent is closed. If the vent isn’t closed the pressure cooker won’t be able to pressurize. Then select the manual setting and adjust the temp to the highest pressure setting. Set the timer for 10 minutes and press start.

Cosori 6-quart pressure cooker set on high temp for 10 minutes.

Once the meat is finished cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then use the quick release (according to manufacturer’s directions of course) to release any remaining pressure. Oooh! Those Balsamic Chicken Thighs look pretty perfect already!!! But wait, there’s more!

Chicken Thighs in the pressure cooker pot after they've finished cooking.

Remove the chicken from the pot and keep warm. Skim any fat off the top of the cooking liquid. Select the saute setting on the pressure cooker and adjust the temperature to high heat (around 300 degrees should do the trick). Bring the mixture to boil. Meanwhile melt the butter in a small saucepan on a stovetop over medium heat. Gradually stir the flour and butter mixture into the boiling mixture. Cook, stirring continuously until the mixture has thickened, about 2 minutes. Serve this delicious sauce over the chicken. Mmm mmmmm good!!

Flour and butter mixed together in a small sauce pan on a stovetop.

Garnish with parsley if desired. Pressure Cooker Balsamic Chicken Thighs are so simple and delish that I’m making them again tonight! I cannot wait for dinner!! If you’re as addicted to pressure as cooking as I am then check out our Pressure Cooker Beef Tips or Pressure Cooker Beef Brisket next!

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Pressure Cooker Balsamic Chicken Thighs

January 21, 2019
: 4
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup apple juice or cider
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs (about 1-1/2 pounds), skins removed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • fresh parsley to garnish (optional)
Directions
  • Step 1 In a small bowl combine the apple juice, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, salt, garlic powder, dried thyme, paprika and pepper. Mix well.
  • Step 2 Remove the skin from the chicken thighs and place them in a 6-qt electric pressure cooker. Pour our liquid marinade over the chicken thighs to cover.
  • Step 3 Secure the pressure cooker lid and lock it tight. Make sure the pressure vent is closed. Select the manual setting and adjust the temp to the highest pressure setting. Set the timer for 10 minutes and press start.
  • Step 4 Once the meat is finished cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then use the quick release (according to manufacturer’s directions) to release any remaining pressure.
  • Step 5 Remove the chicken from the pot and keep warm. Skim any fat off the top of the cooking liquid. Select the saute setting on the pressure cooker and adjust the temperature to high heat (around 300 degrees should do the trick). Bring the mixture to boil.
  • Step 6 Melt the butter in a small saucepan on a stovetop over medium heat. Gradually stir the flour and butter mixture into the boiling mixture. Cook, stirring continuously until the mixture has thickened, about 2 minutes. Serve sauce over chicken. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired. Enjoy!

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Pear & Sausage Rigatoni

Pear & Sausage Rigatoni

If ever there were a dish that tastes like Fall, this is it! Pear & Sausage Rigatoni is a truly unique combination of flavors and textures. A delicious mix of sweet, savory, creamy and even crunchy make this rustic pasta dish an instant hit. There’s […]

Creamy Mixed Vegetable Casserole

Creamy Mixed Vegetable Casserole

Creamy Mixed Vegetable Casserole is a staple on the dinner menu rotation in our house! It’s SOOO good!!! But it’s also SOOO easy!! If you’re tired of all those boring steamed vegetable side, then this recipe is for YOU!! This super versatile side dish goes with […]